Pictoplasma prides itself on being a “global” platform for character art, holding major conferences in Berlin and New York, as well as scattered events across other countries. As a result of the pandemic, it is holding its first truly global event: Pictoplasma in Isolation, an online festival that’s free and open to all.
The initiative, which will take place September 18–19, replaces this year’s Berlin conference, which was due to be held on May 13–17 before the coronavirus hit. The program resembles Pictoplasma’s real-life events, featuring talks and an academic-leaning symposium alongside programs of animated shorts (77 in all). The talks are given by artists from a range of disciplines — sculptors, illustrators, actors, mask makers — with character design as a running theme.
As always, there’s a big animation contingent. Here are this year’s speakers with ties to the industry: